5 Ways to Manage Your Dry Eye in Winter
As the nights draw in and the weather begins to get colder, many sufferers of Dry Eye Syndrome will be worrying about the winter months ahead and what it means for their condition.
Why are my Dry Eye symptoms worse in the winter months?
During the winter, the air becomes colder and bitter winds can create harsh outdoor environments. This weather causes many people to suffer from dry skin and chapped lips, and our eyes are no exception. For people that already suffer from Dry Eye Syndrome, this can result in very troublesome symptoms when going outside during winter.1
Furthermore, increased use of heaters inside makes the air inside our homes and places of work dryer, increasing the risk of dry, itchy eyes inside as well as outside.
Ways to combat Dry Eye this winter
Drink lots of fluids:
This is important all year round, but especially in winter, as keeping your body hydrated helps to maintain moisture in your eyes.2
Don’t let heat blow directly onto your face:
Hot air blowing directly towards your face can reduce moisture in your eyes. So when you are using portable heaters, or car heaters this season, make sure the heat is directed towards your body, not your face, to avoid this problem.3
Protect your eyes when outside:
Whenever you can, try to wear either sunglasses or wrap-around glasses when you go outside. These will help to protect your eyes from drying winds during the autumn and winter. 4
Don’t get too close to wood-burning fires:
We all love a cosy open fire when it’s cold outside. But unfortunately, the smoke can be irritating for sufferers of dry eye, especially when the fire is outside as wind can blow the smoke directly towards your face, causing itching and burning sensations. So it’s best to keep a safe distance away or avoid open fires all together this season if you are suffering from Dry Eye Syndrome.
Use VisuXL® Gel twice a day:
VisuXL® Gel forms a protective cushion over the surface of the eye, protecting it from the worst of the winter weather.5 It provides 12-hour protection with just one drop, enabling you to go out all day in the cold and all night in a heated house without suffering from dry eye symptoms.5 6 †
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- Kumar, Naresh, Feurer, William, Lanza, Nicole, and Glaor, Anat. ‘Seasonal Variation in Dry Eye’, Ophthalmology, 2015 Aug; 122(8): pp.1727–1729.
- Preidt, Robert. ‘How to Fight Dry Itchy Eyes this Winter’, Healthday Reporter, Dec. 26, 2017, https://www.webmd.com/eye-health/news/20171226/how-to-fight-dry-itchy-eyes-this-winter Accessed August 2021.
- Miller, Korin. ‘8 Ways in Keep Winter From Making Your Dry Eyes Worse’ Self, 11th December 2018, https://www.self.com/story/winter-dry-eyes Accessed August 2021.
- Nall, Rachel. ‘Treating (and Preventing) Dry Eyes in Winter’, Healthline, 30th Sept. 2020. https://www.healthline.com/health/dry-eyes-in-winter Accessed August 2021.
- VisuXL Gel Instructions for Use (IFU).
- Brancato R, Fiore T, Papucci L, et al. Concomitant Effect of Topical Ubiquinone Q10 and Vitamin E to Prevent Keratocyte Apoptosis After Excimer Laser Photoablation in Rabbits. J Refract Surg 2002; 18: 135-9.
† In an animal model.
Date of Preparation: September 2021 VISU/UK/ALL/0287